Anyone know of free cna classes in Coventry, or Warwick area?

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    Hi I am looking for a free CNA class in Coventry or Warwick area...I wish Women and Infants Hospital still taught one..I guess they don't do it anymore... Any info would be appreciated...Thanks..

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    Well, I just got accepted into a CNA Class and I start in April....:wink2:
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    That's great! Are you also a nursing student?
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    Well, I have young kids at home, so I figured that I would take the cna class so by the time the kids start school in Sept. I will have my cna license, and i will be able to get a job (hopefully)... I ultimately want to be a L&D nurse, so hopefully I can get a job at Kent Hospital or Women and Infants Hospital and they can help me further my education. Any advice???
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    Quote from vanessa9611
    Well, I have young kids at home, so I figured that I would take the cna class so by the time the kids start school in Sept. I will have my cna license, and i will be able to get a job (hopefully)... I ultimately want to be a L&D nurse, so hopefully I can get a job at Kent Hospital or Women and Infants Hospital and they can help me further my education. Any advice???
    Vanessa-
    I think you'd have the most luck getting a CNA position at either RIH, or a place like Bayada Nurses doing home care. W&I is not hiring CNA's ,and Kent has one opening for a CNA but it is not in the L&D area. Both of these hospitals, though, occasionally hire SNA's (student nurse associates), so my advice to you would be to start looking into nursing programs soon. You could work as a CNA (which would give you a leg up in the job search down the road) while taking prerequisites to apply for a nursing program. I actually regret not getting my CNA license, because I think it would help me in my nursing classes as far as basic clinical skills. But, hopefully I can get a SNA position after next semester. If you have any questions about nursing programs, classes, etc...feel free to ask!
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    Thank you so much, I dont really know any nurses, so don't really have any advice on which path to take...But, I think I will have better luck, like you said, getting a job as a CNA at a nursing home or in home care services. In the meantime, taking my prerequisites, ..I am wondering if I can take my english and math, etc, online at ccri..? Where do you go to nursing school?? I am hearing alot about St. Joes...My grandmother went there to recover from a stroke a couple of years back,and they were amazing!! Thanks for the help,,,
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    Quote from vanessa9611
    Thank you so much, I dont really know any nurses, so don't really have any advice on which path to take...But, I think I will have better luck, like you said, getting a job as a CNA at a nursing home or in home care services. In the meantime, taking my prerequisites, ..I am wondering if I can take my english and math, etc, online at ccri..? Where do you go to nursing school?? I am hearing alot about St. Joes...My grandmother went there to recover from a stroke a couple of years back,and they were amazing!! Thanks for the help,,,
    I know that CCRI does offer some basic classes like English and Math online, so that may work for you! St. Joes is a great school, from what I hear. You could take some of the classes at CCRI and then apply to both CCRI and St. Joes.
    I'm in the nursing program at RIC, which is a 4 year bachelor of science program. I guess it ultimately depends what you want for the future; you could work as a bedside nurse with any of the degrees/diploma, but the only way to get into management or to grad school is to have the BSN. If you're set on working the floor on a L&D unit, I would probably try for the CCRI or St. Joes program.

    See here http://www.nursingri.com/curric_plan.asp for the St.Joes curriculum. Like I said, you can take some of the courses (such as Anatomy, Dosage Calc, Psych, etc) at CCRI even before you apply to the school of nursing at St. Joes; or you can apply right away and take all the classes concurrently. But...since you have little kids I am assuming you want to take your time!

    If you're interested in the bachelor's program at RIC, you'd have to take more prereqs (ie; 2 chemistry classes, etc) and a bunch of gen ed classes.

    So, it's really a combination of factors that determine which school you should go to! Confusing, I know, but please let me know if I can clarify that any further.


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